Financial Aid

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In order to be considered for federal and state aid – and some scholarships – you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. We encourage every eligible student to file a FASFA, regardless of whether you think you will qualify for any aid. The U.S. Department of Education administers the online FAFSA and millions of students complete the FAFSA each year.


  • Remember to designate Penn College as the recipient of your FAFSA by using our federal school code: 003395.
  • We encourage you to complete the FAFSA as early as possible each year. The 2021-22 FAFSA can be filed as early as October 1 for students starting or returning for Summer or Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022.
  • The Penn College priority submission deadline is March 1.
  • The 2021-22 FAFSA uses income from year 2019 rather than 2020.

Parent Information

Most students under the age of 24 will need to include information about their parent(s) on their FAFSA, even if they live separately or their parent(s) will not help them financially.
More information about dependent and independent students from Federal Student Aid.

What if your parents are divorced or separated or never married?
More information about which parent(s) to include from Federal Student Aid.


You and, if needed, a parent, sign your FAFSA electronically using the FSA ID. If you do not have a FSA ID, you (and parent) should each create one at least 1-3 weekdays before you start your FAFSA. Create an FSA ID.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) embedded within the FAFSA transfers IRS income and tax information from a taxpayer’s 2019 IRS tax return directly to the 2021-2022 FAFSA. We highly recommend students and parents use the DRT because it:

  • Simplifies your FAFSA completion process
  • Reduces the odds of error on your FAFSA
  • Reduces the likelihood that your FAFSA is selected for Federal Verification

Information about the IRS DRT on the FAFSA
What you need to complete your FAFSA.
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Submit your FAFSA

Federal Verification

About 1 out of 5 students who submit a FAFSA are selected by the U.S. Department of Education for a process called Federal Verification.  The Financial Aid Office is here to assist you if you are selected.

Learn more about Federal Verification

Learn More

Explore the links below for additional resources to help before and after completing your FAFSA.


Financial Aid

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